This is from Concert for America dated September 11, 2002, the one year anniversary. Laura Bush put together a gorgeous program of patriotic music performed by many talented musicians. The audience's reaction to this particular piece was moving. I get choked up every time I watch it.
The strange thing is this is not one of my favorite songs, nor is Ms. Fleming, of whom I have the utmost respect, one of my favorite singers. Isn't it wonderful though that when you put both together, sheer beauty is the outcome? Renee Fleming is a talented and accomplished American opera soprano with a gorgeous upper register which really shines in this arrangement. I believe that even she got choked up after she finished singing. Very touching.